April Program — Embodied Carbon: The New Challenge

Joint Societies Meeting (ASHRAE La Crosse Chapter, ASME, IEEE Coulee Subsection)

Embodied Carbon: The New Challenge

For the past 20+ years, the MEP industry was focused on energy reductions, but recently there has been a shift to minimizing operational carbon through strategies related to energy efficiency, utility source selection, and integration of renewable energy. Having achieved good progress in reducing operational carbon, our focus is now moving to the embodied and life cycle carbon associated with the materials and systems found in buildings. Simply put, embodied carbon looks at the carbon impacts associated with extracting, manufacturing, and transporting materials to the jobsite, in addition to manufacturing and transportation, includes impacts related to use, end of life.  While life cycle analysis (LCA) accounts for impacts over the full lifecycle of a material, which includes the operating carbon.

Program Details

Date:  Wednesday April 21st, 2021 12PM-1PM CDT

Place: GoToWebinar

Link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4684341061325499662

About the Presenter

Luke is a member of the newly minted ASHRAE Carbon Task Force; one of the 3 moderators for the Carbon Leadership Forum MEP Embodied Carbon Community; a co-author of the MEP equipment embodied carbon to manufacturers; Incoming Chair of ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee; a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Fellow; He is also a Centennial Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering Department; Board of Directors for USGBC (United State Green Building Council), Illinois; Past Chair of the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) Committee on “Tall Buildings”; Chairman of the Building Pressure Committee, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; Sustainable Committee with Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Part Time Professor at IIT;  Industry Advisor for IN2 Start Up program for National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Luke Leung is a Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP.  His work includes Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest man-made structure; Multiple times “Excellence in Engineering” award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE);  2 awards from National Institute of Building Sciences, among others.  Selected projects also include Pertamina Tower (Net Zero Supertall), General Motors Global Headquarters, Roche Diagnostic in Indianapolis, Beijing Finance Street, Embassy of Ottawa in Canada, Embassy in Beijing, Lakeside – 55 million sqft low energy development, a LEED Platinum building with the first large scale horizontal wind turbine in the city of Chicago;  etc., and has served as a member of the editorial team for the CTBUH guide Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Office Buildings, ASHRAE “Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, Megatall Building Systems”, among other publications.